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‘My boys loved Remembering Sophia. They are 12 and 8, so Remembering Sophia is the perfect book for the older one to read to his younger brother, as it encourages them to talk about issues close to their hearts. I would recommend this book to anyone – women’s history is not just for women!’ - Harjit
‘As a mother of two daughters, I always want to find inspiring stories of amazing women, to encourage and motivate my daughter's to become amazing women themselves - Remembering Sophia is a really lovely story, with beautiful illustrations, about a truly amazing woman, that sadly has been somewhat forgotten. Both my 9 and 5 year old kids loved the book and cannot wait for the next one!’ - Cassie
’This was a great book and I am so glad that Sophia will not be forgotten!’ - Lana, aged 9
Remembering Sophia, a children’s picture book by Poppy Kamel Sall and Jen Elvy. It tells the story of Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, the granddaughter of the last king of the Punjab, Ranjit Singh, she was also Queen Victoria’s god daughter. Sophia lived through key moments in British and Indian history and took part in significant struggles for democracy and freedom. Sophia fundraised for the lascars, worked with the Red Cross during World War One and was a leading suffragette. However, until recently she has been virtually invisible in history.
We believe it is the right time for Remembering Sophia, with schools and parents calling for better diversity and representation of people of colour in children’s books. Sophia is a positive female role model who we hope will inspire readers of all ages. We are taking Sophia’s story to schools, bookshops and literary events and will be organising talks, workshops and readings. We want to raise awareness of the role played by women of colour in history.
Remembering Sophia can be bought through Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1053288552/remembering-sophia?ref=shop_home_active_1
"The birds listen to tales, but the one they like best,
Tells of Princess Sophia, on her valiant quest."
A Bit About Us
Poppy is a former lawyer but changed direction and studied for an MA in Professional Creative Writing in which she received a distinction. Poppy is currently studying for a PhD 'Filling in the Silences' and writing a young adult novel about an Indian soldier fighting in the First World War. Poppy teaches creative writing at Coventry University.
Jen is a qualified teacher of art and drama, she also teaches creative writing and illustration at Coventry University. She was awarded an MA with distinction in Professional Creative Writing, and the Course Tutor’s Prize for overall academic achievement. Jen is currently studying manuscript writing as part of her PhD.
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